Lancashire v Somerset, Aigburth, 4th day

Enthralling contest cut short by storm

Myles Hodgson at Aigburth

August 4, 2012

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Lancashire 185 (Prince 51 Trego 4-49, Thomas 4-63) and 242 (Prince 12) drew with Somerset 149 (Hildreth 45 Chapple 3-38, Kerrigan 3-47) & 93 for 3
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Glen Chapple appeals for the wicket of Alex Hales, Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, Division One, Old Trafford, 1st day, May 2, 2012
Glen Chapple continues to trouble the best batsmen in the county game © Getty Images
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There may have been little for cricket fans to appreciate on a final day decimated by rain, but those arriving at Aigburth early will have witnessed a duel good enough to compensate for the later frustration.

Two county captains, standing toe to toe, attempting to carry their respective sides to victory, provided an enthralling distraction from a disappointing result for both sides.

Lancashire and Somerset both began the final day with hopes of securing a victory that would significantly lift their hopes at either end of the division one table. The key confrontation in settling the outcome would be the ability of Marcus Trescothick, Somerset's outstanding batsman, against Glen Chapple, Lancashire's ever-green seamer with more than 800 first class victims in his career.

Their battle within the game lasted only 10 overs this morning as Somerset resumed on 22 for 1 needing a further 257 runs for victory. It should have set the scene for a compelling contest only for a lunch-time thunder-storm to end play with the game balanced after Somerset reached 93 for 3 with a minimum of 64 more overs in the day.

In the end Chapple won their confrontation, securing an lbw appeal with a ball that kept low mid-way through an outstanding eight-over spell from the River End. Trescothick departed for only 27, although he had clearly relished the intensity of a contest that he has encountered all too rarely since problems with depression forced his retirement from international cricket in 2008.

"It was really competitive, which is just what you want in county cricket," admitted Trescothick. "It was two good players going at it and working hard for their individual teams. We are both captains of our clubs and we have to do our best. That's what you thrive on, that's the challenge you miss from international cricket and it's great to get it in county cricket."

Chapple thought he had claimed Trescothick's scalp in the fourth over of the day, inducing an edge which Paul Horton failed to hold above his head at first slip. Glaring at his Somerset rival in frustration, Chapple trudged back to his mark to try again.

There was little doubt Trescothick was the wicket Lancashire craved most, judging by an over-enthusiastic appeal for a catch behind in Chapple's next over. Trescothick stood in his crease, defiantly, while umpire Peter Hartley remained un-moved. The Lancashire captain succeeded on his third attempt when uneven bounce beat Trescothick's outstanding hand-eye co-ordination and appeared to deal a serious blow to Somerset's desire to chase down their target.

That was further undermined when James Hildreth edged Kyle Hogg and Andrea Agathangelou dived from second slip to take the catch. The composure shown in the remaining 13 overs before lunch by Nick Compton, county cricket's leading run-scorer, and Craig Kieswetter only served to heighten the anticipation for the remainder of the day.

The weather intervened, leaving Somerset still behind Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex in the race for the title, while Lancashire are only nine points ahead of the relegation places having played more matches that Worcestershire and Durham, who occupy the bottom two places in the division.

"It's been a pretty hard fought game all the way through," said Trescothick. "It was evenly poised although it may have been more in their favour than ours with the scoring rates in the game, but who knows what could have happened if we'd have got a partnership together?"

Peter Moores, Lancashire's coach, was equally frustrated at being thwarted in their attempt to claim an all too rare victory this summer, but knows he has issues to address in the batting line-up. Dismissed for 63 against Worcestershire in the previous match, they slumped to 50 for 6 until Ashwell Prince's brilliant century turned this match around.

"We need people in form. We have had a bit of a strange season, we have had people playing well but not always turning that into runs," Moores said. "That is something we have talked to the players about. There has to be a steel about them to turn that form into runs when they are playing well.

"The lads are very determined. They know we need runs at the top of the order to put sides under pressure. There is a quality in the side. We haven't finished in the top four of the Championship in the last three years without having decent players who play well under pressure."

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Posted by JG2704 on (August 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

PS - anyone know what's happened to Rehman? I've just looked at the original article saying he was hoping to play in the Warwicks game a couple of weeks ago

Posted by JG2704 on (August 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

re the points calculations I've looked at 2 of the Somerset results and wonder how the points were calculated.On the belief that a team doesn't actually lose points for losing a game the 2 games I'm talking about are the defeat vs Warwicks (2nd game) and then their draw vs Durham. In the defeat vs Warwicks Somerset scored 501 runs altogether and took 18/20 wickets and got 3 bonus points (and came very close to winning but fair play to Warwicks) Durham were all out for 125 and 234-9 against Somerset's 267. So this means they were technically 92 runs ahead with 1 wicket remaining in another rain affected match. Now somehow Durham get 6 points (double what Somerset got vs Warwicks) from this match. How does this happen when Durham have scored 142 runs less and taken 10 wkts compared to Somerset's 18 in the Warwickshire game? Please could someone explain?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

I can't believe how unlucky Somerset have been with the weather. I know that the odds on a completed game would have been in Lancs favour but the fact that Somerset once more don't get a chance to get the win is extremely frustrating.I looked at the weather forecast in Liverpool and it seemed to indicate a mostly dry day so I would like to also echo njr1330's comms

Posted by njr1330 on (August 4, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

I was in Liverpool on Saturday, and it rained for 5 minutes...how come we lost two-thirds of a day's play!

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